The 10 Best Bunk Beds

Double (or triple!) the sleeping capacity of your room with these stylish and uber-functional bunk beds.

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June 22, 2021

Whether you're designing a shared bedroom for your kids, creating the ultimate sleepover space, outfitting a dorm or simply maximizing every square inch of a room, bunk beds are versatile, space saving and cooler than ever.

While the standard twin-over-twin design is still a major part of the market, the bunk bed world has expanded to included a wide variety of designs: twin-over-full, full-over-full, triple twins and bunk beds with slides, playhouses and stairs.

How to Choose the Right Bunk Bed

Start by taking measurements of your room, including the ceiling height, so that you know the maximum dimensions your bunk bed can be. And be sure to consider the number of kids you need to accommodate. Is it a shared bedroom for two siblings or mainly for one kid with the additional bed for sleepovers? Do you need the flexibility of a trundle or full bed on the bottom for extra guests? Take a look at the weight capacity of each bed, as well. Some bunk beds are designed solely for young kids, while others can handle teenagers and even adults.

The majority of bunk beds don't require box springs, although some recommend a bunkie board, which provides a thin, sturdy foundation. You'll also want to stick with a mattress that's no thicker than 6 inches, since the guardrails are designed with that depth in mind.

With those strategies in mind, keep scrolling to see our favorite picks for the best bunk beds you can buy right now.

Best Twin-Over-Twin Bunk Bed

With more than 2,000 5-star reviews, this twin bunk bed is a fan favorite. The flexible design allows it to be used as a bunk bed or separated into individual twin beds, and you can also purchase a trundle to add an extra spot for sleepovers. Crafted from solid pine wood and available in six finishes, the sturdy design features full-length guardrails and an integrated ladder that fits tightly to the frame for safe climbing. A bunkie board is recommended.

Best Twin-Over-Full Bunk Bed

Another highly rated bed (more than 1,600 five-star reviews), this twin-over-full bunk bed gives you additional sleeping quarters without taking up a massive footprint. The timeless style will last you for years to come and grows with your kid, providing them multiple bed sizes and configurations, since they can also be converted into freestanding beds.

Best Triple Bunk Bed

Make the most of your floor plan with a bed that sleeps not one or two, but three kiddos on the regular. Whether you're outfitting a bunk room for a vacation home, maxing out your rooms for visiting friends and family or just furnishing your own brood, this space-saving bunk bed is your solution. It's easy to assemble with all the required tools included and converts into three freestanding beds, if needed.

Best Bunk Bed for Toddlers

Little ones don't have to miss out on the joy of a bunk bed, though they'll probably be safer on the bottom bunk until they're a little older. This bed is less than 50 inches tall overall and the bottom bunk is mere inches off the floor, so you don't have to worry about your tiny tots taking a tumble. Available in a twin-over-twin or a full-over-full and in four finishes, you can find the right fit and color for your kid's space.

Best Bunk Bed With Stairs

If your kids don't love climbing up a ladder, but you still need to max the square footage of their room, opt for a bunk bed with stairs. This solid wood frame is Greenguard Gold Certified (meets or exceeds stringent chemical emissions standards) and is built with mortise-and-tenon joinery, as well as dovetailed drawers, for structural integrity. A pair of drawers under the bottom bed adds extra storage, which is always a plus in kids' rooms.

Best Bunk Bed With Trundle

Designed with a weight capacity of 600 pounds, this full-over-full bunk bed will easily grow with your child. A 36-inch clearance between the top and bottom bunk allows kids to sit up comfortably in bed, and the included trundle adds an extra bed for friends spending the night or when your kiddo needs you to be close by. Each bed has a slat roll foundation and center supports, so there's no need for a bunkie board.

Best Bunk Bed With Slide

The best part about designing a kid's room is the amount of play and fun you get to incorporate. Kids can slide out of bed every morning or burn off some energy indoors on rainy days with this oh-so-cute bunk bed. The angled ladder makes it easier to climb up to the top bunk, and the compact design is perfect for smaller spaces.

Best Budget Bunk Bed

More than 7,000 five-star ratings give peace of mind when looking for the right bunk. Constructed from steel, this sturdy metal frame is available in a twin-over-twin or twin-over-full configuration and is the most affordable bed on our list. Full-length guardrails keep kiddos safe up top and two integrated ladders give you the versatility of placement in the room.

Best Bunk Bed With Playhouse

Double the fun of your child's room with a bed that features a built-in playhouse. The twin-over-twin design brings an enchanted moment into the space, while still adding another spot to rest a little head. Plus, it's a purchase you can feel comfortable putting in your kid's room since it's made in a Fair Trade Certified™ facility and Greenguard Gold Certified.

Best Bunk Bed With Futon

When you want to capitalize on every square inch of a room, taking storage and furniture up is always a smart solution. For tweens and teens, we love this twin-over-futon bed. Not only does it increase the sleeping capacity of the room for friends, but it adds instant seating for the ultimate hangout.

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